REVIEW: 2016 Knog Blinder Lights Part 1

Last week, I’ve received the new Blinder lights to test from Knog Malaysia. I have been a fan of Knog’s lights for their clean design, USB rechargeable and 100% waterproof! Find out the improvement they made compare to the previous models in this review.

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The MOB family. From left, Kid Grid, Eyeballer, Four Eyes and The Faces. Both front (white) and rear (red) are available but the rear Eyeballer which is not in the photo.

So what’s new? The new Blinder MOB are sold with three interchangeable straps to suit any handlebar and seatpost, and available in 5 different light designs with beam angles ranging from focused to wide. With the max lumens of 80 for the front and 44 for the rear, the Blinder MOB will definitely fulfill your “be seen” needs for night riding up to 1.2 kilometers away.

R0003415 (1200x795)The small button for on/off still need a press-and-hold of 0.75 seconds which helps prevent accidentally activating the light. I like the new off mode which immediately turned off exactly after 0.75 seconds even if you are still pressing the button, unlike the previous model that will only turned off when you released the button. It will also indicate in red if your battery is weaknext to the button.

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I have mixed feelings about the USB plug design. One, I felt that it might get fractured if we are careless. Two, it can be tricky getting the plug into USB ports if there isn’t enough room around the port. I tend to have a lot of USB devices plugged in, and it’s tricky getting the Knog lights in between.

R0003418 (1200x795)And yes, Knog also sell their USB extension to solve this problem. 

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The new interchangeable straps so you can swap the lights between bikes with different sized seatpost and handlebars – including aero seatposts and oversize bars. My small issue is you have to keep track where you keep these small straps, but if you lost them, at least Knog are selling the replacement parts.

The new mount:

The previous mount:

Its quite similar but a bit different. The advantage of the new mount is you can change the straps, depending on your handlebar and seatpost size. The new USB plug design have more reach to USB ports but still need an extension cord if not enough space between other USB devices.

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Waterproof test:

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I put a front light inside a glass of water for about 2 hours and its still working!

The Blinder MOB Family

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Kid Grid (front)
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Kid Grid (rear)

The Kid Grid containing 16 SMT (surface mount) LEDs as well as a reflective faceplate, making it the widest beam among all Blinder MOB design, with angle of 90°.

Eyeballer (front)
Eyeballer (front)

The Eyeballer containing 1 LUMILED as well as a reflective faceplate, making it the most focused beam among all Blinder MOB design, with angle of 15° and has the longest run time on low steady mode which is 8 hours.

Four Eyes (front)
Four Eyes (front)
Four Eyes (rear)
Four Eyes (rear)

Similar to The Face, but without alloy faceplate, the Four Eyes containing 4 SMT LEDs, with its focused 35° beam, and reflective faceplate.

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The Face (front)
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The Face (rear)

The Face containing 4 SMT LEDs as well as an alloy faceplate, with its focused 35° beam.

Mr Chips V
Mr Chips V

Mr. Chips V is my favorite for the rear with 64 COB (chips on board) LEDs and flash options. It have a large illuminated surface area, which helps the light be seen even from a long distance.

The Blinder Mob series has 5 different light modes (2 constant & 3 flash) flash patterns depending on the type and layout of LEDs, but they all share similar characteristics. All of the lights have both high and low steady-on modes, and a fast simple flash which uses all LEDs on the light. The best part is the light remembers your previous mode when you turn it off!

Stay tuned for the next part of this review. To learn more about Knog products, please visit Van’s Urban Bicycle Co.

 

Tested, words and photos by Shidi of Pedal Malaya

Montague Bikes Coming SOON!!

PRE-BOOK NOW!! Limited TIME only…

Montague Mountain Bike series will be coming soon this August 2014, with some models from Paratrooper, Paratrooper PRO and Swissbike Series X70.

Swissbike X70 – 30 speed at RM4,500 (RRP$4,900)
Paratrooper PRO – 27 speed at RM3,800 (RRP$4,200)
Paratrooper – 24 speed at RM3,500 (RRP$3,800)

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Brompton UK

Handmade in England: Built to last

The Brompton was conceived as a product that increases people’s independence and freedom, and this concept is still at the heart of everything we do; so we make bikes that our customers can rely on wherever and whenever they use them.

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Interested in a Brompton, please call Van’s Urban Bicycle for more information at 03-7866 0311 or email us at vansurbanbicycle@gmail.com

 

 

Griprings by Spurcycle

Customizable grips of individual rings

– Build any length grip. Personalize with an endless number of color patterns and easily install on 22-24mm handlebar diameters.

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Plush & Durable

– Pure silicone material doesn’t absorb oil or get sticky. Grips stay clean, don’t pill, and last longer.

Simple & Secure

– Stretch-on rings are set in place and grips are completed with locking end plugs.

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You can colour up your bicycle grip with these fantastic and colourful griprings by Spurcycle. You can mix and match with 10 different colours of griprings and its available now at Van’s Urban Bicycle. Please contact us at 03-7932 1311 or 012-313 6420

 

Brooks Challenge saddle

Brooks Challenge Saddle Bag:
The first Challenge was designed and patented in 1896. This tool bag is for fitment to the rear of a saddle bearing bag loops (although quite a few people wear on the handlebar).
Brooks Challenge Saddle bag
It features buckles that whilst fastening the bag to the saddle, are located within the hold itself, thus ensuring greater levels of security and the strap that secures the unit encircles the tools it carries, to prevent them from rattling during transit.
It comes and available in a few colours – A.Brown, Black, Honey, Royal Blue, Apple Green and red. Retail price at RM250 and available in Van’s Urban Bicycle, the folding bicycle or mini velo specialists in PJ.

Tyrell CSI

CSI Matte Black : Project Bike

28 Jan, 2013 – A new project bike was developed and saw it on the road, the Tyrell CSI.  The CSI matte black with 10 speed Ultegra group set and with ControlTech 451 Carbon 20″ wheel set. Its a lightweight bicycle where it’s one and only.

Comes with ControlTech 451 carbon wheel set & Ultegra group set
Comes with ControlTech 451 carbon wheel set & Ultegra group set

The new CSI stocks will be available next week. Should you need to view and test ride on the Tyrell bicycle, come over to Van’s Urban Bicycle Co or contact us at 03-7932 1311 or email us at vansurbanbicycle@gmail.com

New Arrival of Nutcase helmets

Check out the new styles and designs of Nutcase helmets. Retail price at RM229.

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Available NOW at Van’s Urban Bicycle Co. Call or email us for enquiry at 03-7932 1311 or vansurbanbicycle@gmail.com

KNOG Launching SOON

KNOG Blinder

The Blinder 1 is a high powered single LED light that pumps out 20 lumens of blinding front white light and 11 lumens at the rear. Being 100% waterproof and using its high powered surface mounted LED’s the Blinder 1 will ensure maximum visibility at over 500 metres.

With a burn time of over 2 hours in constant mode and up to 11 hours in eco flash mode this light will keep you lit well in to the night.

When the battery does eventually get low, the built in low-battery indicator will glow red to show the light need charging and then illuminate green when fully charged. Through using the lights inbuilt USB recharge system the light can be successfully charged from flat to full in just 2 and a half hours.

With a weight of only 15 grams, and using the simple in-built tool-less attachment, this light connects easily to handlebars, rear posts and frames of 22–32mm.

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The Blinder 1 comes in 6 different styles.

Available in mid Jan 2013 at Van’s Urban Bicycle Co.

Dr.Hon D8 Boardwalk

The Boardwalk is one of the all-time best sellers. It features a classic style and a tidy, 15 second fold that appeals to all kinds of riders. Updated with eight speeds and new Dahon derailleur and shifting system, the Boardwalk is a great road bicycle for a top quality price.

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It comes in 20″ wheel with a new Dahon Neos derailleur and shifting system for fast and crisp shifting. The stem adjusts to fit riders of most heights with Alloy V-brakes for powerful stopping capabilities. Available in 2 colours – white and seaglass (green).

You can find the DAHON Boardwalk D8 and DAHON VYBE D7 @ Van’s Urban Bicycle Co. We are a folding bicycle specialists that caters to beginners and performance riders.

Please contact us at 03-7932 1311 or email us at vansurbanbicycle@gmail.com.